Tongue-tie & Structure

These presentations focus on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of tongue-tie and other structural issues that have a negative impact on normal infant sucking skills and development.

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New Zealand Dr. Yvonne LeFort, MD FCFP FRNZCGP FABM IBCLC

Dr. Yvonne LeFort has been a family physician for over 25 years and is based in Auckland New Zealand. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School and University of Calgary Family Medicine in Canada. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 2013.

She has been involved in helping breastfeeding mothers and babies for 18 years. Her specific interest in tongue tie and its management was nurtured through her association with Dr. Evelyn Jain who was a true pioneer in the recognition of the importance of breastfeeding and the impact that untreated ankyloglossia can cause on the breastfeeding experience.

Dr. LeFort has established a private Breastfeeding Clinic in Auckland New Zealand providing comprehensive lactation care for mothers and their infants. Her service includes the management of tongue tie and involves a lactation consultant for parallel breastfeeding support.


New Zealand Dr. Yvonne LeFort, MD FCFP FRNZCGP FABM IBCLC
Abstract:

Great interest has resulted from discussions and blogs concerning tongue-tie which have not always appeared to be mindful the research and evidence of the past 20 years. Much of the basic clinical management of the tongue tied breastfeeding infant and mother has evaporated from these discussions quite inappropriately. I would like to bring us back to the basics of this issue and remind us of what evidence does and does not exist.

The management of any breastfeeding issue remains the realm of the lactation consultant and tongue tie is no exception. Unlike a true stand alone surgical condition, the management of tongue tie requires pre-operative assessment and post-operative strategies to primarily protect the breastfeeding relationship thereby optimizing outcomes. The key guiding factor must be “primum non nocere” – first do no harm – to the breastfeeding relationship. Case studies will be shared that demonstrate the approach taken by the clinician and lactation consultant. Appropriate management and outcomes will be discussed.


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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5 Applied for  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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USA Dr. Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP

Dr. Siegel is a pioneering Tongue Tie surgeon, mentored through medical school, residency and in private by practice by the late Elizabeth Coryllos, MD. He is a dual degree MD, DDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, lectures internationally and publishes on the topic of Reflux associated with Lip and Tongue Ties.

USA Dr. Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP
Abstract:

This study aims to show a correlation between aerophagia in infants with tethered oral tissues (TOT’s) consisting of ankyloglossia and shortened maxillary labial frenula (tongue and lip-tie) and reflux. Currently there is little to no data on aerophagia as a possible cause of reflux in infants. Infants with tongue and possibly lip tie often have a poor latch in which there is often an inadequate seal around the breast and inefficient transfer of milk. As a result many of these infants swallow air during breastfeeding. Many of these infants suffer from symptoms of reflux. This study and results to demonstrate a correlation of ankyloglossia and shortened maxillary labial frenula with aerophagia and reflux.Treatment of these infants with a relatively simple frentomy procedure may reduce or eliminate reflux in this population.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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Dr. Martin Kaplan was born in Chelsea, Ma. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Massachusetts and then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After earning his D.M.D. degree, he completed a pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York.

Dr. Kaplan practices exclusively in Stoughton, MA. He continues to take update his laser education by regularly attending the Academy of Laser dentistry Annual meeting where is also contributes as a lecturer ans laser safety officer. He is one of only a handful of pediatric laser dentists who utilizes lasers for the treatment of infants with breastfeeding issues related to frenum attachment problems.

He is a member of the:

• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• American Dental Association
• Massachusetts Dental Society
• Academy of Sports Dentistry
• Academy of Laser Dentistry
• Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

When not practicing dentistry he enjoys Karate and has attained the level of 4th degree black belt.

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There will be an explanation of the science of laser physics that is easily understandable as it applies to the selection of proper types of lasers. There currently are 3 main wavelengths that can be used for laser surgery. An explanation of how these wavelengths are applicable and how they determine outcomes for infant tissue interaction for laser surgery will be presented in a slide presentation and through videos. The physics of lasers will then be translated to clinical reality through the presentation of various clinical cases which will allow the group to better understand how they can interpret post-surgical results and how the various lasers do interact differently. The tissue healing process of the tissue with the laser wavelengths will also be reviewed and related to the active wound management methods that are suggested. There will be a review of assessment for how the provider of laser surgery selects the setting for his applications in surgery. Through the entire presentation, multiple slides will effectively clarify the mystery behind the true science of the laser surgeries which our patients are receiving.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5 Applied for  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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U.S.A. Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

James G. Murphy, MD, is a private practice pediatrician specializing in Breastfeeding Medicine. He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hérbert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He served 25 years active duty as a physician with the US Navy, 12 years as a contract pediatrician with the US Navy and 6 years as a Government Service Medical Officer at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Vice President of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, a member of ILCA and, since 2009, an IBCLC. Dr Murphy began performing lingual frenulotomies in Oct 2003 and has performed over 2800 of these procedures to date including posterior sub-mucosal fibrous bands and 300 Upper Lip Tie releases.

U.S.A. Dr. James Murphy, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC
Abstract:

The concept of Tongue Tie has changed as expertise in the recognition and management of this entity has expanded. Also the consequences of not recognizing and effectively managing this entity and the “Faux Ties” which mimic it are many and expanding as data is collected to document the relationship. Breastfeeding is the most obvious and most severely affected function in infancy. Additional problems become apparent as the infant grows and develops into an ever more complicated organism. This presentation will discuss the many variations of tongue anatomy which present as a Tongue Tie, how to recognize each of these and the consequences of not managing this problem effectively in early infancy.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6.0  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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David Elad is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University since 1985.  He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering on 1973, M.Sc. and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering on 1978 and 1982, all from the Technion, Haifa, Israel. He was then awarded the Rothschild and Bantrell post-doctoral fellowships at Imperial College London and M.I.T.     
David pioneered computational studies of biofluid transport phenomena in the nasal cavity in the late 80's. In the early 90's he established a comprehensive research program in bioengineering of human reproduction, both at Tel Aviv University. He developed his expertise in the fields of Respiratory Biomechanics and Reproductive Bioengineering, from complete organs all the way to the cellular levels. The respiratory studies included integrative assessment of respiratory muscles, transport phenomena in the human nose, objective noninvasive evaluation of nasal function and mechano-transduction of nasal epithelial cells cultured under air-liquid interface conditions, including effects of air-pollution. The reproductive studies included the role of uterine peristalsis in early human life, pre-implantation embryo transport after IVF, feto-maternal blood circulations in the placenta, transport of nutrition, pharmaceuticals and carcinogenic materials across a tissue engineered placental barrier, mechano-transduction of cultured ovarian cancer cells and biomechanics of infant breastfeeding. He published over 120 articles in peer-review journals and was the leading editor of 5 special journal issues in reproductive bioengineering, respiratory biomechanics and biofluid mechanics.
David has been a visiting scholar at Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, City College New York and Columbia University. He is a member of the World Council for Biomechanics (2002-14) and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2004), the Biomedical Engineering Society, USA (2005) and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (2013). 
Dr. Elad is currently on sabbatical leave from Tel Aviv University and affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Columbia University.

Abstract:

The physical mechanisms executed by the infant during breastfeeding have been intriguing topics that lead to a long scientific controversy; whether it is sucking of the milk or mouthing of the nipple/areola. We developed a dynamic analysis of ultrasound video clips acquired during breastfeeding in order to explore the kinematics of the tongue. Then, we have developed a three-dimensional biophysical model of the breast and lactiferous tubes that enabled mimicking latch-on and the dynamic characteristics of the tongue and nipple observed in ultrasound imaging during breastfeeding. Then, we simulated breastfeeding and explored the biomechanical aspects of breastfeeding. We demonstrated that latch-on to draw the nipple/areola into the infant mouth, as well as milk extraction during breastfeeding, require development of time varying sub-atmospheric pressures within the infant's oral cavity. Analysis of infant tongue motility was compared between breast and bottle feeding. The presentation will also include discussion of oral pressure measurements.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
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U.S.A. Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist


Dr. Ghaheri’s clinical interest is helping babies with breastfeeding difficulties. This desire stems from personal experiences, where both of his daughters had significant problems breastfeeding. He is one of the only ENT surgeons in the US who uses an in-office laser treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast, in addition to treating older children and adults for certain dental and speech issues.

U.S.A. Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist
Abstract:Numerous symptoms may arise which prevent mother-infant dyads from maintaining desired breastfeeding intervals. Investigations into treatments which positively influence breastfeeding outcomes allow for improved patient counseling for treatment decisions to optimize breastfeeding quality.

Surgical release of tongue/lip-tie results in significant improvement in breastfeeding outcomes. Improvements occur early (1-week postoperatively) and continue to improve through 1-month postoperatively. Improvements were demonstrated in both infants with classic anterior tongue-tie and less obvious posterior tongue-tie. This study identifies a previously under-recognized patient population that may benefit from surgical intervention if abnormal breastfeeding symptoms exist.
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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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U.S.A. Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist


Dr. Ghaheri’s clinical interest is helping babies with breastfeeding difficulties. This desire stems from personal experiences, where both of his daughters had significant problems breastfeeding. He is one of the only ENT surgeons in the US who uses an in-office laser treatment for assisting babies to latch on to the breast, in addition to treating older children and adults for certain dental and speech issues.

U.S.A. Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist
Abstract:

While most breastfeeding problems can be managed effectively by a lactation consultant, situations arise where conservative interventions are ineffective in improving symptoms of a poor latch. Infant symptoms (aerophagia, poor weight gain, falling asleep prematurely, or frustration at the breast) or mother's symptoms (pain, engorgement, nipple damage) can often be explained by tongue-tie or lip-tie. I will explain effective diagnostic strategies and surgical interventions (scissors vs laser) in addressing these problems.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6.0  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
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U.S.A. Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST

Dr. Hazelbaker has 30 years of experience specializing in cross-disciplinary treatments using specialized training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Earning her Master’s Degree in Human Development specializing in Human Lactation from Pacific Oaks College, Dr. Hazelbaker received her doctorate in Psychology from The Union Institute and University. Her original research on tongue-tie, in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) which remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months. Recently, Dr. Hazelbaker revised her Master’s thesis on tongue-tie into a comprehensive book on the condition titled: Tongue-tie: Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment published by Aidan and Eva Press. More information can be found at www.aidanandevapress.com.

U.S.A. Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST
Abstract:This presentation examines several influential recent studies that will change the way we think about tongue-tie; the manner in which we examine, treat and perform therapy on babies. From the overall perspective of development, Dr. Hazelbaker looks at histology, speech development, posture, wound healing, lasers and airway integrity, citing the most exciting studies on these subjects, explaining how each will impact our philosophical, intellectual and clinical involvement with study findings. Further, Dr. Hazelbaker makes suggestions of how these various studies should guide our thinking about when and how to assess and treat tongue-tied infants.
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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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U.S.A. Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC

Renee is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice. She has been working in the field of lactation since the birth of her first child in 1990--as a La Leche League Leader, postpartum doula and IBCLC. She draws from her background in education and child development every time she works with a breastfeeding dyad. Since becoming certified in 1997, Renee has supported moms through home, hospital and clinic visits, drop-in groups in the Seattle area and phone and skype consultations internationally. She has the great fortune to work closely with several local Drs. who do excellent revisions. Renee is thankful to live breastfeeding-friendly Seattle, close to her 2 grown daughters

U.S.A. Renee Beebe, M.Ed., RLC, IBCLC
Abstract:

The diagnosis of tongue tie can send parents reeling. Especially true when they receive conflicting information from the pediatrician, various lactation consultants, nurses and other parents. In this age of instant information and social marketing, everyone seems to be an expert. What is a parent to do? Who does a mother trust? What is the right course of action? Using case studies from over 20 years in the field, Renee takes us through the tongue tie journey from the evaluation through the myriad possible steps to successful breastfeeding. Assessment, revision, body work, maintaining milk supply and keeping mothers “in the game” until baby can breastfeed all present challenges to the practitioner. This is especially true since each dyad needs it's own individualized plan that may morph frequently as treatment progresses. Join Renee as she takes you through the process of identification through resolution from the experience of her clients. She will also explore some cultural/regional differences and the challenges working with families through the tongue tie roller coaster.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6.0  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Available in: Tongue-tie Lecture Pack
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Dr. Martin Kaplan was born in Chelsea, Ma. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Massachusetts and then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After earning his D.M.D. degree, he completed a pediatric residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York.

Dr. Kaplan practices exclusively in Stoughton, MA. He continues to take update his laser education by regularly attending the Academy of Laser dentistry Annual meeting where is also contributes as a lecturer ans laser safety officer. He is one of only a handful of pediatric laser dentists who utilizes lasers for the treatment of infants with breastfeeding issues related to frenum attachment problems.

He is a member of the:

• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• American Dental Association
• Massachusetts Dental Society
• Academy of Sports Dentistry
• Academy of Laser Dentistry
• Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

When not practicing dentistry he enjoys Karate and has attained the level of 4th degree black belt.

Abstract:

My talk will review the proper intake of information of the mother and child dyad to determine and objective evaluation. Intake forms will be available for the attendees. The information will be discussed as it relates to the intake form and the doctor physical observation and digital exam. The decision tree for the proper surgical approach will be reviewed along with a discussion of laser safety and laser tissue response Post-op follow-up and oral physiotherapy will be reviewed and related to the reasons for the type recommended. Cases of lip and tongue ties will be presented by video slides and also a video of actual cases will be shown. Multiple heading of various clinical presentations will be shown and cases of co-morbidity and medical conditions for consideration will be presented. Time will be allotted to answer questions and contact for additional information will be provided for after seminar questions.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack
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